A lot of car companies toss around the word innovation; few truly experiment though. Innovation is a game of experimentation. To achieve true innovation, one has to test designs and implement new manufacturing processes - to dream bigger and find new roads. Cadillac is a brand of experimentation and thus a brand that knows how to innovate; the below three concept cars prove it. For the month of March, we're recognizing Cadillac innovation.
1. Urban Luxury Concept
Better gas mileage meets luxury. A 1.0-liter, three-cylinder engine with hybrid propulsion maximizes gas efficiency in this concept; it was estimated it could offer 56 MPG in the city and 65 MPG on the highway. Butterfly doors and a hatchback made entry into this small city car easy and traditional Cadillac luxury fueled the car's exterior and interior designs. This model was unveiled in the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show.
2. Ciel Concept
Elegance that comes in a convertible - the Ciel. The exterior might have been elegant, but underneath the hood there was a turbocharged 3.6-liter direct injection V6 producing 425 horsepower. Rear suicide doors, a wooden dashboard and premier luxury seating made up a fine interior. This concept was unveiled at the 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance and made an appearance in the 2015 Entourage movie. Unfortunately, Cadillac decided to not pursue the development of this specific model in 2013 and work on other projects.
3. Elmiraj Concept
Performance first. Building off of the Ciel's powerful engine while tweaking the exterior, Cadillac came up with the Elmiraj. With a prominent sporty design, the Elmiraj was a concept exploring the possibility of a world where luxury cars are as powerful as American muscle cars. A 4.5-liter turbocharged V8 delivers an estimated 500 hp. The Elmiraj was unveiled at the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. There has been no formal statement as to whether this car will be developed or not.